By Learning Forward
December 2019
Vol. 40, No. 6
$1 million A recent follow-up to a study of new teacher mentoring in Chicago Public Schools found a sizable return on investment. The independent evaluation of New Teacher Project’s mentoring effort documented an 11% increase in teacher retention, resulting in a financial return on investment of 22%, which the researchers project would translate into almost $1 million over a five-year investment in mentoring. They also estimated, based on students’ improved test scores, a long-term benefit of an average $38,000 increase in students’ future lifetime earnings. The report points out that these findings have important equity implications, because African American and Latino students are more likely to be taught by new teachers. 6 out of 45 Elementary school principals are responsible for the instructional leadership of

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